New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.

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Our Mission

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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Latest News

NHLA seeks part-time communications associate

Posted Nov 24, 2019

Job announcement: Part-Time Communications Associate Position summary:  The New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services and New Hampshire Legal Assistance seek a part-time Communications Associate to execute marketing strategies, communications and public relations efforts for the Campaign more

NHLA seeks advocate for senior law policy work

Posted Nov 05, 2019

Position Summary
New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) seeks a Policy Advocate to join our statewide policy advocacy team. The Policy Advocate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA) Advo more

NHLA 2019 Legislative Advocacy Report

Posted Sep 23, 2019

As a full-service law firm, NHLA offers our clients legal advice and information, representation in all of New Hampshire’s state and federal courts and before several state agencies, and advocacy at the New Hampshire Legislature. In the legislative forum, we advocate for policies that reduce more

NHLA welcomes new board members

Posted Sep 16, 2019

At its meeting on September 11, 2019, the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance accepted the nomination of five new members, one of whom was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Legal Advice and Referral Center.  

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  • Federal Court Vacates New Hampshire Medicaid Work Requirements

    Posted Jul 30, 2019

    Statement on the United States District Court's decision in Philbrick v. Azar

    Please see the below press release from our litigation partners at the National Health Law Program: July 29, 2019. Washington, D.C. – A federal judge has once again vacated the U.S. Department more

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